Our Beacon School is a major part of the ministry and mission of Sandy Bay Lighthouse Ministry. Our first goal is to teach and train the children under our care at the home, but our vision is to add enrollment from children in the community. Our educational curriculum includes classes in both the native Spanish language and English, which will better prepare the children for careers in tourism, Roatan’s major industry. We seek to teach students to the highest standards of academics, character development, and Christian values. Our hope is to empower students to live a productive life and to make Roatan and the world a better place to live.
Our Beacon School will eventually accommodate 140 students in grades Kinder through 9. Our current school building was just built and opened in 2018 with the main level complete. The second level was completed at the end of 2021. We currently employ a staff of eight teachers across the grades. Orsy Cruz, our home director, is actively involved in partnering with our school principal as well as government officials to ensure our educational goals are met. We have been accredited by the Department of Education of Honduras.
Our long-range goals include both the final construction for the school building and expanding our curriculum to include trade skill education for both our own students and for adults on the island. We are anxious to serve the wider community by offering evening adult classes to learn basic English so that employment opportunities might expand for them.